Archiv rubriky: Call for Papers

Výzva – Samuel Beckett in Central Europe

Stagings and reception beyond censorship

Date: Thursday 20th and Friday 21st April 2023 December 2022, 17:00
Location: CEFRES library and Charles University
Organizers: CEFRES in partnership with La Sorbonne Paris, Bordeaux University and Charles University
Language: English
Main interlocutors: Alice Clabaut, Charles Guillorit

  • Proposal to be sent to: (deadline 31st January300 words + biographical notice, please tell us if you need an accommodation for two nights)

Researchers working on Beckett or on theatre in Central Europe are invited to meet in April  at the CEFRES and at Charles University. The aim will be to examine the political and aesthetic, and sometimes legal and social, issues that certain dramatic texts may embody, taking Beckett’s theatre as a case study. 


From the 1950s onwards, Samuel Beckett’s theater has been a fixture on all international stages. Plays such as Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Happy Days have become canonical, and both Beckett’s texts and their influence can be found in most theaters. While Beckett was considered “absurd” in his early days, on the fringes of traditional theater and a self-confessed avant-gardist, he is now viewed as a repertoire playwright. Behind the Iron Curtain, however, Beckett was a persona non-grata, sometimes heavily censored, in most of the countries until very recently This political censorship — the extent of which depended on the country — slowed down the arrival of Beckett’s works and the delay undoubtedly had some impact on the reception of his theatre. To what extent was the arrival of Samuel Beckett’s work prevented, concealed and delayed in the former communist countries of Central Europe? To what extent can it still be perceived and understood in staging and in readings of his plays? 

Unlike the (self)censorship of Beckett’s work in France and England, Beckett’s theatre was never subject to official political censorship. However, it suffered from an institutional and aesthetic rigour the playwright imposed himself. During his lifetime, Samuel Beckett did not hesitate to ban any production that did not correspond to his idea of how his plays must be performed. His heirs, through the Beckett estate, continue to perpetuate this aesthetic ‘rigorism’ until today, raising many questions about the intellectual property of theatrical works. Are Beckett’s theatre productions only tainted by the now traditional aesthetic inherited from the 1950s? Stage directors struggle to propose radically new stagings without risking a performance ban — is this a form of censorship of the stagings? However, in Central Europe, the Beckett estate has had less power over productions. Radically different stagings are emerging alongside more traditional stagings. What weight does the traditional staging of Beckett’s theatre have in Central European theatres? To what extent do these code-breaking stagings renew or broaden the reading of Beckett in Europe today? Finally, is the distinction between Eastern and Western Europe still relevant after the post-communism transition?

Výzva – Proustian Perspectives

Call for papers: Conference Proustian Perspectives

Date and location: March 22–24, 2023, Prague and online
Organizers: Charles University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Czech Literature and Comparative Studies & Department of Romance Studies; with the collaboration of CEFRES
Deadline for proposals: November 15, 2022
Languages: French and English

Although well explored, Marcel Proust’s literary work is a territory that never ceases to reveal unknown corners. Whether the subject of interest is the author’s masterpiece or his other literary attempts, or even his unpublished writings, research continues to bring out new discoveries. The century that has passed since the author’s death has been marked by efforts to understand his work, or at least to multiply its readings with different interpretative languages. Pokračování textu Výzva – Proustian Perspectives

Výzva – Displacements: Women’s Writing and Creative Practices in Modern Central and southeastern Europe

Women’s Writing and Creative Practices in Modern Central and southeastern Europe. Emancipatory Experiences and Transnational Trajectories?

Organizers: Mateusz Chmurski, Clara Royer, Lola Sinoimeri
Time and Place: March 16-18, 2023 – CEFRES (CNRS-MEAE), Prague
Proposal Deadline: October 15, 2022
Languages of the conference: French, English

Scientific Committee:
Anna Borgos (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia), Libuše Heczková
(Univerzita Karlova), Luba Jurgenson (Sorbonne Université), Iwona Kurz (Uniwersytet Warszawski), Jasmina Lukić (Central European University), Markéta Theinhardt (Sorbonne Université)

Partners: EUR’ORBEM (CNRS-Sorbonne Université) – CEFRES (CNRS-MEAE) – Ústav české literatury a komparatistiky, Filosofická fakulta, Univerzita Karlova – Instytut Kultury Polskiej, Wydział Polonistyki, Uniwersytet Warszawski

Using a transnational approach, this conference tries to bring together and confront the polysemic category of dépaysement (exile, uprootedness, dislodgement – hereinafter coupled with its imperfect English equivalent, displacement) with the literary and artistic trajectories of Central European women. It is an attempt to see how the experience of dépaysement/displacementin its variety of meanings (exile, disorientation, dislocation, but also ec-centric creativity or transfer of marginalized traditions) — fuels the creative and writing practices of women from a region that has been torn between different imperial structures (Bartov & Weitz 2013), marked by mass violence (the Holocaust, forced migrations, war crimes) and where culture has always been permeated by a strong dialectical relationship between norms and transgressive gestures – with the later themselves tending to gain strong normative undertones (Royer 2019). The starting point of this conference is that the social, political, and cultural engagements prodding women artists from a variety of fields — artists, photographers, musicians, actresses, directors, literary figures (authors, critics, translators, etc.) — to reinvent themselves elsewhere requires a type of historical analysis that pays attention to the variety of practices of dépaysement: displacement that could be as much geographical as creative or even epistemic. Pokračování textu Výzva – Displacements: Women’s Writing and Creative Practices in Modern Central and southeastern Europe

Výzva – Truth and Untruth. Transmission of Memories of War

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop

When: 4 – 5 November 2022
Where: Prague, Czech Republic
Deadline for submission: 9 September 2022
Astrid Greve Kristensen (Sorbonne University)
Rose Smith (Charles University & University of Groningen),
Emina Zoletic (University of Warsaw)

A Workshop organized by 4EUPlus with the collaboration of CEFRES.

See on 4euplus website.

We kindly invite Ph.D. students in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences to apply for our one-day workshop ‘TRUTH AND UNTRUTH. TRANSMISSIONS OF MEMORIES OF WAR’. With memory studies as the theoretical focus of this workshop, we will host a varied interdisciplinary workshop consisting of presentations and discussions among young scholars in Prague this November 2022. We will tackle the transmission of memories of war, inviting scholars to present their research on this topic in different media, such as oral/family history, museums, literature, film, the arts, news media, et cetera, with a focus on the kitschification of the past. Pokračování textu Výzva – Truth and Untruth. Transmission of Memories of War

CFP – PhD Students Workshop | Household, kinship, intimacy

Call for papers for PhD students

PhD Students Workshop organized by EHESS and CEFRES will be held on the theme:

Household, Kinship, Intimacy: The Reconfiguration of Living Together

Date: May 3rd, 2022 (9:30-17:00)
Deadline for submission: April 1st, 2022
Location: Online and at CEFRES, Na Florenci 3 (Prague)
Language: English

The household (or home) is the institution par excellence in western societies, where live alone or together singles, heterosexual or homosexual couples, with or without one or more children, not forgetting neither flatmates, friends or relatives co-housing or homes of elderly. While the Western contemporary imaginary of household is linked to the idea of nuclear family, a shift in both the representations of home and sociological realities of what home/household looks like occurred. These social micro-entities are clearly concrete places that are subject to significant investment by their members; they are both economic units and shared intimacy spaces. Based on these two fundamental characteristics of the home, we propose to link the issue of the relationship between individuals with those relating to the family (relationships with children, relationships with parents outside the nuclear family), the economy (income and expenditure of domestic entities, production, consumption) and intimacy (a notion that covers a wide range of practices, emotions and affects, attitudes, from sexuality to the sharing of spaces, caring for bodies). Pokračování textu CFP – PhD Students Workshop | Household, kinship, intimacy

CFP – Městská hnutí a místní politika v zemích střední a východní Evropy: nedávný vývoj a koncepční rozpolcenost

CEFRES pořádá mezinárodní workshop ve spolupráci s Institutem sociologických studií FSV UK, Fundacjou Zatokou (PL) a Periférií (HU)

Datum: 4-6.11.2021
Místo: CEFRES, Prague
: angličtina
Konec přihlášek
: 30.5.2021
Rámcový program:
čtvrtek večer: Keynote a recepce,
Pátek: prezentace,
Sobota ráno: kritická městská prohlídka v okrese Karlín: “Od dělnické čtvrti až po symbol gentrifikace”
Workshop se zabývá úlohou politických institucí a sociálních hnutí v procesu městských změn v zemích střední a východní Evropy. Případ Prahy ukazuje, že postkomunistické města mají po roce 1989 zvláštní historickou hodnotu z hlediska rozvoje měst.
Na jedné straně je přes noc zavedena ideologie volného trhu, na druhé straně existují nepřipravené instituce, které nejsou schopny pojem o občanech pojem “Městský prostor” – státní a obecní moc je buď technokratická a elitářská, nebo vylučující vůči občanským organizacím (Horok 2007; 2012 je Bouzarovski). Vzájemná delegitimizace státních úředníků a aktivistů, nedostatek důvěry v komunální politiku, zneužití komunální politiky jako kanálu pro prosazování zájmů developerů jsou jevy ovlivňující rozvoj měst v 90.
Specifický historický, institucionální a politický vývoj v zemích střední a východní Evropy vyvolal kritiku slepého uplatňování koncepčního aparátu ze západních společenských věd bez dalšího kritického přehodnocení. Příběhy “dohánění západu” jsou přehodnocovány z perspektiv složitějších přístupů, včetně Západu a Východu jako složek stejného globálního systému (Gagyi 2015). Zvláštní místní politická kultura také představuje záležitost zájmu (C’sa 2008). Pokud jde o rozvoj měst, faktory, jako je demokratický deficit na komunální úrovni, který vede k chybějícím mechanismům zapojení veřejnosti, nebo obraz městského plánování jako nepřátelského ideologii volného trhu jsou pro postkomunistické země specifické jen málo faktorů (Jacobsson 2015; Pixov 2018, 2020; 2012 je Bouzarovski. Temelovo 2009). Jak v této souvislosti aplikujeme a přemyslíme koncepty studia sociálních hnutí, včetně radikálních sociálních hnutí?

Pokračování textu CFP – Městská hnutí a místní politika v zemích střední a východní Evropy: nedávný vývoj a koncepční rozpolcenost